Lesley Hawes, former CEO of DABD, a charity that helps support the physically disabled, sorting through their boxes of photographic material to start adding content to Layers of London. Their collection of photos shows the changing face of Britain from the 1950s onwards.

Lesley Hawes, former CEO of DABD (Disablement Association of Barking and Dagenham), a charity that provides services and support for disabled people, sorting through their boxes of photographic material to start adding content to Layers of London. Their collection of photos shows the changing face of Britain from the 1950s onwards.

Layers of London relies on anyone interested in the history of London – or just small parts of it – getting involved and contributing. There are 4 main ways we can work together:

Digitisation - 

Do you have a collection of photographs or documents that you would like a digital copy of? Would you be happy to share your collection on the Layers of London map so other people can learn about these histories?

We have digitisation equipment, can provide training on how to use it and can also help support you in these projects, whether you need more volunteers, a space to digitise or help using the website. We offer this free of charge as a Heritage Lottery Funded project.

If this is of interest, the best thing to do is attend one of our regular hub sessions around London to get an introduction to the project, meet the team and then we can set up a meeting to see your collection and get you digitising!

 

Oral History -

If you have ideas about an oral history project that you would like to deliver then get in touch, we have equipment, training and staff to support your work. Equally if you already have oral history material and you would like to share it on the map, we can help you do this. It doesn't matter if you need a few more hands to help - we can organise student placements or volunteer programmes to support you. This is all free of charge, thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

If this is of interest, the best thing to do is attend one of our regular hub sessions around London to get an introduction to the project, meet the team and then we can meet one-to-one to discuss your needs and how best to support you.

 

Map layers -

Our historical map layers are a free resource available at layersoflondon.org for you to explore. If you have a map that you think would be a good candidate for being digitised and added as a layer then get in touch.

If you would like to know more about our upcoming geo-referencing programme, please sign up to our monthly newsletter for updates and events.

 

Adding records -

Anyone can add a record to the online map at any point, and without our help. We do realise though there are organisations, groups and individuals that will need our support to help them use the website and give them access to resources available to us.

We recruit a wide range of student and volunteer opportunities to get involved on programmes curated by us and in collaboration with other organisations and groups - you can see some past opportunities here.

We would love to hear about your work on the website, and there are opportunities for you to show your work, get support and network with other groups in your area using Layers of London at our regular local hub events across London.